Arte Útil archive nr:
Lee Mingwei, gallery and museum visitors.
Lombard-Freid Projects (2009); Liverpool Biennial (September 2010); 18th Biennale of Sydney (September 2012).
The Mending Project
â€˜The installation consisted of a long table, two chairs and a wall of colourful cone-shaped spools of thread. The artist was seated at that table and visitors could bring various damaged textile articles, choose the color of thread they wished, and watch as he mended the article. The mended article, with thread ends still attached, was then placed on the table along with previously mended items. On the last day of the exhibition, owners returned to the gallery to collect their mended articles.â€™ (L. Mingwei)
â€˜The Mending Project was an interactive conceptual installation in which I used very simple elements â€“ thread, color, sewing â€“ as points of departure for gaining insights into the relationships among self, other and immediate surroundings. It also constituted an act of sharing between myself and a stranger.â€™ (L.Mingwei)
The articles of clothing were mended.